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Viola Fellow, Chicago Civic Orchestra (current) Viola Fellow, The Orchestra Now at Bard College, Orchestra Studies Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Master of Music Viola Performance DePaul University School of Music, Bachelor of Music Viola Performance
2016, 2017 - Received Indiana University Jacobs School of Music Artistic Excellence Award 2015 - Performed for 114th U.S. Congress members at U.S. Capitol, Selected through John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts 2012 - Performed for 12th President of the Philippines Fidel V. Ramos 2012 - Asian/Pacific American Council of Georgia Eric Lu Scholarship 2011 - Received Rose Thomas Smith Award, National Federation of Music Clubs
I'm dedicated to sharing my passion for music as a performer and teacher. Currently, I perform with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. In August 2021, I completed my time at The Orchestra Now at Bard College, which I joined in 2019. We performed classical orchestral works in various venues throughout New York, including Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I've been playing viola for over 15 years. It's hard to imagine doing anything else! I started my musical journey on piano when I was 6 years old. Music has been a pretty big part of my life. My other interests include psychology, meditation, yoga, cooking, books, and cat videos. :)
Teaching is one of my greatest joys and students of all ages, backgrounds, and interests are welcome to study with me. I have taught private lessons since 2012. My violin and viola pedagogy teachers include Dr. Olga Kaler, Dr. Carla Trynchuk, Dr. Clifford Colnot, Dr. Frank Diaz, and Mimi Zweig, director of the internationally renowned Indiana University String Academy. I am interested in focusing my teaching on viola lessons only. I had the privilege of studying with Edward Gazouleas, Rami Solomonow, Dr. Matthew Daline, and Doyle Armbrust. My lessons cultivate a mindful perspective that strengthens focused practice and learning. Students' long-term progress are at the forefront of my values.
“Talent” is a widely misunderstood concept. As a teacher, I don't believe talent is born. Talent is developed as an artful skill. This skill is made through practice: concentrated sessions of self awareness, mindful repetition, and craft. Anyone can learn how to play an instrument with the right mindset and the right instruction. My lesson plans are based on what goals and interests the student has, while also keeping in mind long term progress in technique for bodily ease. The goal is to play as comfortably as possible. And most importantly, have fun!
As a driven music education advocate, I am especially interested in conveying how music affects different aspects of life. My lessons are designed to develop the musical potential that every student has by guiding students to produce their most beautiful sound and feel a natural comfort with their instrument. I teach a thorough understanding of the relationship between anatomy and sound for technique focused on eliminating tension. Lessons foster creativity, problem-solving, goal-setting, and especially students' passions.
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